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Around The Town With Lou: July 10, 2014

Editor’s Note: Lou Sanders, who has his journalism degree from NYU, and his wife, Grace, a graduate of Adelphi, founded the Mineola American in 1952, giving the village its first successful newspaper. Lou and Grace have lived in Mineola for 60 years, and his popular column is a signature feature of this paper.

The John S. DaVanzo Community Pool is its official name. It bears this name because John is the man chiefly responsible for the facility’s existence. It was he who raised the funds and was the chairman of the pool board. It was fitting that his daughters, Judy and Mary, came to this year’s opening day ceremonies. Mayor Scott Strauss, remembers many happy summers at the pool. The Recreation Department is headed by Marie De Sousa and Dan Kopetic is the director. Jay Monaco is the chairman of the pool board and the other members are Rich Maher, Mary Ann Langone, Pat Strauss, Ken Solosky and me.

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Jim Agnew was riding his bike and he said when he lived in his native Ireland he couldn’t afford a car and used a bike. Now he rides it for fun.

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Third Precinct cop Joe Hughes was keeping the crowd in line when members of Corpus Christi Parish carried the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance around the block.

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Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League, was at Mass that day. He seems like an easygoing Irishman but if he feels that the church is being attacked he gets tough.

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James Petrowski, head usher at the church, worked in the financial department of Winthrop Hospital for 12 years. He lives on Elm Place.

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Dennis and Dorrine Moresso used to live in Mineola but now live in North Carolina. He is in the rug cleaning business.

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Ann Benedict teaches English and literature at Nassau Community College. She resides on Clinton Avenue and has been here for 17 years.

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John Wheeler, of Royal Avenue, works on Wall Street. He was born in the village 48 years ago.

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Custodio Cerqueira is in lawn maintenance. He and Maria come from Albertson.

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Sheila Rettaliata, that lady who can dance and sing so well and owns a company called “Best Foot Forward” says, “I am my business.” She is a cabaret producer and is in charge of entertainment for the Mineola Street Fair.

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Dave Keefe is the president of AARP. Dave taught social studies at Hempstead High. He and Rosemary have a house on Brown Street.

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Frank Syracuse worked for Pan Am. Remember them? Later, he was a code enforcer for the village and then worked at the Wyndham Apartments in Garden City. He and his late wife, Virginia, lived on Wellington Road.

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Pat Tobin, a member of the choir at Corpus Christi, likes to shop at King Kullen.

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Joan McCarthy is a literacy volunteer at our library.

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Eileen Kelly has lived here for 17 years. You can still hear the lilt of County Mayo when she talks. She and Gary live on Roselle Street. They have four kids, Darren, Owen, Ava and Michael.

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We lost a fine man with the death of Bill DaVanzo. A great head of Public Works, a fine trustee and a great friend.

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Jack Farley goes to Nassau Community College, studying communications. He hopes to become a film critic.

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Carmen Lino lives on Washington Avenue. She really enjoys the Mineola Pool.

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John and Alice Squeri have a home on Pershing Parkway. John worked in electronics. He is an usher at Corpus Christi.


Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.


The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.

Mineola Street Fair Volunteers

Audition Hosts: Eleanor Rigby’s Restauant, Mineola Village Hall, Piccola Bussola and Plum Tomatoes

Audition Team: Master  Performance Artist Ed Dennehy of Huntington/ formerly of Mineola 

Robert Busch, Little Neck and Melville Fire Department, Adrian Gaeckler: Oyster Bay/ Nassau Coliseum Staff, Nigel Gretton: Hempstead/ St John’s University Performing Arts Chair Lady Laura,  Hempstead/ Global Performing Artist, Ralph DeSalvo: Williston Park, Musician/  Band Leader.   

Al Trompeter, Entertainment Promoter 

Special Touches: Bagelman of Mineola ( Entertainment Committee Host) 

Creations de Belle of Mineola (Street Decorations/ Balloons)


The Mineola Mustangs ended last year’s playoff run in a 34-6 drubbing from the West Hempstead Rams. Mineola was poised for another post season push in 2014 and it showed last week, with a 15-14 victory over the Rams in homecoming weekend.


With a slow start in the first half, Mineola (4-1) put their first points on the board in the second quarter with a field goal by senior Robert Lang.  After a touchdown by the Rams (2-3), they headed into halftime 7-3.

FC Mineola Stumbles Against Hota

Despite two goals from Liam Going, the BU11 Mineola FC squad fell to a relentless and talented Hota Panthers team at Soccer Park in Plainview on Sept. 6.  Hota jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Going connected on his first tally, launching a 30-yard free kick that dropped over the Hota keeper. The Mineola striker’s second goal brought his team to within two goals of their opponent, but Hota scored several more goals in the second half in a strong performance.  Mineola’s Nicholas Buffolino and Luke Sommese gave solid efforts for Mineola in the season-opener for both teams.


Exercise Class - October 15

Mineola Faces Oyster Bay - October 16

Bingo Night - October 17


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,